When it comes to warehouse safety, it is easy to overlook the simple things that make the workplace a lot less hazardous for everyone. Establishing safety procedures in busy environments is key to ensuring that employees are in a safe environment, and productivity can continue on without any delays.
See our top five tips to ensuring your warehouse safety is up to scratch, because afterall, supply chain management runs more smoothly in a safe and efficient environment.
1. Ensure safety equipment is used at all times
It’s understandable that warehouses get busy when deadlines need to be met, and fast delivery times are now the norm. But it’s important to take the time to use safety equipment at all times when heavy lifting is involved. Forklifts and hydraulic dollies should be used if items are too heavy to carry, appropriate eyewear and hard hats should also be used when there are lots of moving parts in your warehouse.
2. Ensure a ‘slip-free’ warehouse floor
Slips, trips and falls are some of the biggest hazards in warehouses, but they can also be easily avoided.
It’s important to do regular safety checks so that there are no spills or liquids on the floor, no stray cords or cracks or pits that might cause harm.
Remind your staff to always be aware of their surroundings, even when on ground level. When there is a large drop between floors, it’s essential to install proper guardrails to prevent needless injuries or falls.
3. Create a designated ‘hazard zone’
It’s not always possible to completely remove chemicals and hazardous equipment from a warehouse, so one way of getting around this is by creating a clearly labelled hazard area.
Labelling and storing dangerous equipment, labelling and sealing dangerous chemicals when not needed, and clearly marking safe walk ways around hazardous areas are just a few simple ways of creating a designated hazard zone.
4. Provide training and educate staff on proper safety procedures
Ensuring all staff are up to date on the latest safety practices within the workplace is essential. New staff members should be given the safety run down upon their arrival, and there should be occasional updates given to all warehousing staff in case of any new practices that need to be adhered to.
If all staff are aware of the consequences of unsafe work behaviour, they will be more mindful of activities such as lifting heavy loads and returning dangerous equipment to the hazard zone.
5. Promote awareness and encourage a safe environment
It’s one thing to simply teach your staff to be mindful of hazards, it’s another thing to create a safe culture within your warehouse.
Safety should always be a priority in the workplace, even in a busy warehouse buzzing to get things done. Encouraging a sense of awareness for hazards, and the speed with which accidents can occur, even encouraging staff members to yell out if they see something dangerous happening, can all drastically prevent accidents.
All staff members should be encouraged to be mindful of their own safety, as well as the safety of everyone around them and to communicate with those around them to avoid collisions or accidents.